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September 24th, 2015

Bernie's Problem With Blacks -- and Others

    So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to campaign beside him.

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A United States of Europe? Good luck

    Otmar Issing, one of the original draftsmen of European Monetary Union and the first chief economist of the European Central Bank, isworriedthat the current guardians of the project are trying to push it too far, too fast. He's right; and if the panjandrums aren't careful, they risk trying to build a United States of Europe without the backing of the 338 million people who share the euro as their currency, never mind the other 162 million who are merely members of the European Union.

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To them, climate action represents 'system threat'

    If Ben Carson reads one word of all the information he just got about climate change, he should immediately end his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

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The right to bury the (online) past

    Imagine your 18-year-old daughter is decapitated in a car accident. Gruesome police photographs of her body are leaked onto the Internet. Every time someone searches your family's name, the photos pop up at the top of the page. That's what happened to Christos and Lesli Catsouras because in the United States, unlike in Europe, search engines are not required to act on requests by individuals to remove such links.

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The Pyramid Scheme Problem

    “I have nothing for you,” said Frank Dorman, a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission. “Lots of reporters have asked that question. Our final response is, We’re not going to answer it.”

    What had I asked that was so sensitive that the FTC wouldn’t respond? I had requested that the agency explain what distinguished an illegal “pyramid scheme” from a legal multilevel marketing company.

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The Passion of Kim Davis

    Kim Davis is a false idol.

    To suffer for your beliefs can be ennobling. To suffer for your misconceptions is just embarrassing. And she's doing the latter, not the former.

    On Monday, she was back at work.

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Lessons from a 16-year-old's 'on fleek' life - and her extraordinary death

    Abby Shapiro's death can teach us one simple thing: The small ways you live your life every day are what matter.

    Abby was just 16. And a really good swimmer. She thought Ethiopian food was "on fleek" (her favorite phrase to describe something awesome). And she did this hilarious Russian accent.

    A pretty average 16-year-old, you'd think.

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Euro needs closer European Union to restore mojo

    Europe could find its way to a stronger recovery and a safer monetary system -- if only it could start from somewhere else. The legacy of the recent economic crisis makes a tough problem nearly insoluble.

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America Is Great

    Given all the talk, courtesy of Donald Trump, of making America great again, I’ve been thinking about European greatness. One state, Great Britain, does of course have its greatness built in, but still the idea sits strangely.

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Putin shifts fronts in Syria and Ukraine

    Throughout the summer, Russia's forces in eastern Ukraine kept up a daily drumbeat of attacks on the Ukrainian army, inflicting significant casualties while avoiding a response by Western governments. On Sept. 1, following a new cease-fire, the guns suddenly fell silent. Optimists speculated that Vladimir Putin was backing down.

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